Africa

A scholarly journal devoted to the study of African societies and cultures. Editorial emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach to African studies by the inclusion of topics in social sciences, history, the environment, and life sciences. Each i

Articles from Vol. 73, No. 1, Winter

Andre Corten and Ruth Marshall-Fratani (Eds), between Babel and Pentecost: Transnational Pentecostalism in Africa and Latin America
ANDRE CORTEN and RUTH MARSHALL-FRATANI (eds), Between Babel and Pentecost: transnational Pentecostalism in Africa and Latin America. London: Hurst, 2001, 288 pp., 39.50 [pounds sterling], ISBN 1 85065 439 8 (hard covers), 16.50 [pounds sterling], ISBN...
Ann O'Hear, Power Relations in Nigeria: Ilorin Slaves and Their Successors
ANN O'HEAR, Power Relations in Nigeria: Ilorin slaves and their successors. Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora. Rochester NY: University of Rochester Press, 1997, 338 pp., 45.00 [pounds sterling] ($65.00), ISBN 1 87882 2861. Ilorin...
Dangerous Pursuits: Hunter Associations (Donzo Ton) and National Politics in Cote d'Ivoire
ABSTRACT This article examines the resurgence of hunter associations (donzo ton) in Cote d'Ivoire during the 1990s in the context of game depletion, rising crime rates, and a dysfunctional state. Initiated hunters (donzow) are widely respected by...
Deno Leventis, 1938-2002
Deno Leventis died in London on Thursday 11 July after a very private struggle against illness for nearly eighteen months. The following Wednesday a huge crowd, the largest it is said since the death of Archbishop Makarios, attended his funeral in...
Francois-Xavier Fauvelle-Aymar, L'Invention Du Hottentot : Histoire Du Regard Occidental Sur Les Khoisan (XVe-XIXe Siecle)
FRANCOIS-XAVIER FAUVELLE-AYMAR, L'Invention du Hottentot : histoire du regard occidental sur les Khoisan (XVe-XIXe siecle). Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne, 2002, 415 pp., 30.00 [pounds sterling], ISBN 2 85944 445 9 paperback. The 'Hottentot'...
Going to the City ... and Coming Back? Turnaround Migration among the Jola of Senegal
ABSTRACT The Jola of Lower Casamance in southern Senegal are involved in 'turnaround' (or circular), rural to urban migration. Using data from three Jola communities located in different geographical and cultural sub-regions, this article compares...
Henry Bernstein, David Hulme and Philip Woodhouse, African Enclosures? the Social Dynamics of Wetlands in Drylands
HENRY BERNSTEIN, DAVID HULME and PHILIP WOODHOUSE, African Enclosures? The social dynamics of wetlands in drylands. Oxford: James Currey, 2000, 256 pp., 14.95 [pounds sterling], ISBN 0 85255 761 2. Customary tenure provides the best protection for...
Jeffrey Richards, Imperialism and Music: Britain, 1876-1953
JEFFREY RICHARDS, Imperialism and Music: Britain, 1876-1953. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2001, 544 pp., 49.99 [pounds sterling], ISBN 0 7190 4506 1 hard covers, 17.99 [pounds sterling], ISBN 0 7109 6143 1 paperback. The...
Manjaco Rulers after a Revolution
ABSTRACT This article iuxtaposes a series of vignettes that feature the attitudes of the Manjaco of post-revolutionary Guinea-Bissau to traditional rulers with a similar series of vignettes E. E. Evans-Pritchard used to paint a portrait of Azande...
Mobilising Yoruba Popular Culture: Babangida Must Go
ABSTRACT Nigerian video films are often characterised as apolitical. A rare and significant exception is Gbenga Adewusi's Maradona (also known as Babangida Must Go), which was released in 1993 in response to the annulment of the 12 June 1993 presidential...
On the Aesthetics and Dialogics of Power in the Postcolony
ABSTRACT Achille Mbembe's 'Provisional notes on the postcolony' has become a canonical contribution to the literature on postcolonial African politics, yet the piece has also proved difficult to digest and build upon. This article focuses on Mbembe's...
Paul Nugent, Smugglers, Secessionists and Loyal Citizens on the Ghana-Togo Frontier: The Lie of the Borderlands since 1914
PAUL NUGENT, Smugglers, Secessionists and Loyal Citizens on the Ghana-Togo Frontier: the lie of the borderlands since 1914. Athens OH: Ohio University Press; Legon: Sub-Saharan Books; Oxford: James Currey, 2002, 316 pp., 45.00 [pounds sterling], ISBN...
Religious Revival in the Roman Catholic Church and the Autochthony-Allochthony Conflict in Cameroon
ABSTRACT This article explores the reasons for, and the repercussions of, a virulent and protracted crisis in the South West Province of anglophone Cameroon during the 1990s caused by the emergence of a Pentecostalism-inspired revival movement within...